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Master thesis & working student

Hello,

I want to ask if it is possible to have master thesis contract and working student contract in different companies at the same time?

As far as I know, the master thesis contract can be seen as mandatory internship contract, and is part of my study program. Labor law doesn't apply, it is not counted as working hours but study hours. Am I correct with this regard?

Thank you very much for your help!

Yu-Wen: 07.09.2021 |
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  • RE: Master thesis & working student

    Hallo,

    thank you for your request. 

    If you have those contracts at different companies, it is usually no problem. If you are merely at a company to do your master thesis (Mastarand_in) it is indeed counted as study hours. If you would receive money for your work as Mastarand_in, it would be free of social insurance, but not free of taxation. The labour laws do not apply, but the prerequisite is that your work is not integrated into the business process. You work independently and on your own responsibility and can freely arrange your working hours. The company only takes over support tasks. Otherwise doing your master thesis at a company would be counted as an ordinary job.

    If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us again.

    Best regards

    Tilman

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  • RE: Master thesis & working student

    Many thanks for your reply!

    Des it mean that Arbeitszeitgesetz doesn't apply? I can work more than 40 hours a week?

    Tank you for your help!

    Best wishes,
    Yu-Wen

    Yu-Wen: 14.09.2021


  • RE: Master thesis & working student

    Hello,

    thank you for your request. 

    For your working contract the Arbeitszeitgesetz applies. Which means that you can work up to 8 hours per day and in certain cases even 10 hours per day. Since the law states that working days are monday untill saturday, you are legally allowed to work up to 48 or 60 hours per week.

    The law does not apply for the work on your master thesis at a company, since you're working independently and on your own responsibility and can freely arrange your working hours. It is your own decision, how long you want to work on your thesis, but do not forget to take sufficient breaks.

    If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us again.

    Best regards

    Tilman

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  • RE: Master thesis & working student

    Hello,

    Many thanks again for your reply and help!

    If I understand it correctly, I can even have an internship contract for 40 hours in a company, and another master thesis contract for 40 hours at another company during semester break?

    Thank you very much!

    Best wishes,

    Yu-Wen

    Yu-Wen: 17.09.2021


  • RE: Master thesis & working student

    Hello,

    thank you for your request.

    I have to apologize, since I gave you a wrong information in my last reply. Fortunately my colleague made me aware of that. The Arbeitszeitgesetz does indeed also apply for your work on your master thesis at a company since its aim is to protect your health. That means, that you are not allowed to work more than 48 hours per week on a regular basis. Both contracts in total cannot include more than 48 working hours. If they would do so, the second contract might be invalid and there is even a risk that you will be liable for damages. So it is not possible to have two contracts that include up to 80 working hours per week.

    You can sometimes work up to 10 hours per day, but only as an exception and this cannot be a part of your regular contract.

    If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us again.

    Best regards

    Tilman

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  • RE: Master thesis & working student

    Hello,

    Thank you for clarifying this. :)

    Many thanks again for your time and help!

    Best wishes,

    Yu-Wen

    Yu-Wen: 17.09.2021


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